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Spring is here and before you know it summer will too! While you may have been trying to diet and exercise as part of your New Year’s resolution, your results may not be what you wanted. Regardless, Dr. Glasberg can perform procedures that can help you on your way to the summer body you are looking for. 

Some of the procedures that will help you get you in shape for the summer include:

Liposuction, also known as liposculpting

Liposuction is one of the most common cosmetic surgery procedures and can enhance your silhouette and restore a more slender appearance to your body. Dr. Glasberg is a liposuction specialist, located in Manhattan, and has years of experience with positive reviews from patients about the appearance and shapeliness of their results.

Breast Augmentation

Breast augmentation can help you achieve your goals for your appearance and help you feel more comfortable in your skin. If you have always desired larger, fuller, or more even breasts, this procedure could be the right option for you. Dr. Scot Bradley Glasberg can help you by creating natural, beautiful results that reflect your desires for your appearance.

Gynecomastia

Gynecomastia is the overdevelopment of male breasts. It can affect between 40 to 60 percent of men. The cause of gynecomastia can be the result of hormonal imbalance, obesity, certain drugs, or heredity, and can affect one or both breasts. If you are a good candidate, a male breast reduction can reshape the contours of your breasts post-surgery.

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal uses pulsed laser energy to remove unwanted hair from nearly any area of the body while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. Common areas on which laser hair removal is performed are the chin, upper lip, chest, underarms, back, bikini line, and legs.

Spider Vein Removal

Spider veins are small, thin blood vessels visible beneath the skin. They appear most commonly on the face and legs and may look like a series of lines, tree branches, or spider webs. There are several types of laser treatment available and spider veins can be treated over the course of several treatment sessions. 

Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are FDA-approved and safe for use by most patients. Many of the fillers are made from substances found naturally in the body and are used to restore volume and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dr. Glasberg offers patients several different dermal filler options in order to provide the best possible results for their individual needs.

BOTOXCosmetic

Properly placed injections of BOTOX Cosmetic can block nerve impulses sent to muscles, weakening them to the point where they cannot contract, and temporarily eliminating moderately severe furrows and lines.

The Importance Of Choosing A Skilled, Experienced Surgeon

Getting ready for the summer includes making sure that your surgeon is a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Glasberg and his team are committed to providing you with the best possible results and look forward to scheduling your consultation and answering any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 212-717-8550 or use our easy online form.

woman's chest wearing lace bra

Breast reduction surgery can be life-changing for many women and men in NYC who have suffered from pain, discomfort, and other limitations due to a large amount of breast tissue. Many women may experience neck pain, back pain, or difficulty exercising due to large breasts, or they may find it difficult to find well-fitting clothing. A breast reduction procedure can make a dramatic difference, reducing or eliminating pain and boosting confidence and ease of movement.

In order to experience the best results and a smooth recuperation after a breast reduction, there are some recovery tips to keep in mind. Of course, Dr. Glasberg will provide you with detailed instructions and advice for your own recovery, but these are a few things that you can keep in mind to help you enjoy a successful outcome.

Choose the Right Bra

Immediately following your breast reduction procedure, your breasts will likely be bandaged or wrapped in gauze, and you may receive a special compression garment. Your surgeon will direct you as to how long to keep on the bandages and use any specialized items. Make sure to keep your compression garment in place for as long as your surgeon suggests in order to protect your breasts and smooth your recovery.

After this initial recovery period, you can switch to wearing bras. Here, a supportive, soft-cup bra, like a sports bra, maybe the best choice. This can help to hold the breasts in place, minimizing bruising and swelling. In most cases, you should also wear the bra while sleeping. Take care to avoid underwire bras, however, as they may inflame and irritate the incision area.

Take Care When Reclining

After your breast reduction, you may experience swelling that persists for several months. In fact, you may not immediately see the full results of your procedure due to this form of swelling. The swelling is a natural part of your recovery, and you cannot fully eliminate it. However, by keeping your chest elevated when sitting and sleeping, you may help to minimize the swelling. Placing pillows under your torso, rather than sleeping flat on your back or side, may help reduce swelling.

Get the Support You Need

When you first come home after a breast reduction procedure, don’t hesitate to ask your friends or family members for help. It is important to get rest after a surgical procedure to allow your body to heal. The first 72 hours after your surgery are particularly important, and a supportive person can help you to take your medication and deal with other daily living activities, such as caring for young children, cooking food, or ensuring that you take your medication on schedule.

Relieve Pain and Discomfort

Every person has a different experience after breast reduction surgery. While many women experience only mild discomfort, others may have more pain, especially in the period immediately following the procedure. Your surgeon will direct you to use over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers if needed. Take your medications as directed and prescribed, rather than waiting for the pain to become overwhelming, in order to help ease your recovery process. If you are prescribed other medication, such as antibiotics, take the full course as prescribed for the best possible results.

Stay Hydrated

Have a glass or bottle of water on hand with you after your surgery. Drinking plenty of water is always important for your health, but it can be especially important after surgery. Hydration helps your body clear anesthesia, avoid fluid retention, reduce swelling, and support healing.

Get Back to Work Successfully

Keep your limitations in mind in order to enjoy a successful recovery period. For example, it may be advised to take sponge baths for a period after your surgery and to avoid washing your hair by lifting your hands above your head. Follow these instructions and wait until cleared by your surgeon to take traditional showers. Your hairdresser may be able to perform hair-washing appointments as well.

You can expect to return to work around one to two weeks after your procedure, assuming your job does not include heavy, intense physical activity. Wait to resume your exercise routine and get the rest you need, although simple activities like walking around can help to boost your recovery.

The recovery period after breast reduction comes with some lifestyle changes, but the long-term results of this procedure provide significant improvement in the quality of life for many women and men in New York City. Contact the office of Scot Bradley Glasberg, MD, to set up an appointment for a consultation to learn more about breast reduction surgery.

woman wearing white bra with breast cancer pin

A breast reconstruction, after a mastectomy, can improve the quality of your life as well as your self-image. Unfortunately not all breast cancer patients are aware of the options available to them when it comes to breast reconstruction surgery.

If you have had a mastectomy, either due to breast cancer or a congenital or developmental abnormality, you have several options on how your breasts can be reconstructed. The overall intention of breast reconstruction is to create a breast and nipple that closely resembles your natural breast in shape, size, and position. If you are healthy and age is not a factor, you may be a good candidate for breast reconstruction. However, if you have health problems such as obesity, high blood pressure, or you are a smoker, you may be advised to wait to have your breast reconstructed. It’s best to discuss your medical condition with Dr. Glasberg so he can help with a solution. 

What are the types of breast reconstruction?

You have several options for the reconstruction of your breast and the method that is used will depend on the amount of tissue on your chest wall to cover or hold a breast implant. 

Implant/tissue-expansion breast reconstruction

This method of breast reconstruction involves inserting a breast implant in the chest wall after the skin has been stretched by a balloon expander that has been placed beneath the skin and chest muscle. Over time, your skin will create a pocket for the implant. The final step is to create a nipple and areola.

Autologous-tissue breast reconstruction

If there is not enough tissue remaining after the mastectomy to expand, this method uses skin, fat, and muscle from other parts of your body to create a flap that is attached to the chest. Implants may or may not be used during this procedure but the nipple and areola are constructed in a separate procedure. 

Your breast reconstruction can be immediately after your mastectomy or after your mastectomy incisions have healed and you have completed your breast cancer therapy. You may decide that your reconstruction should include surgery on your other breast so they will both match in size and shape. 

The Importance Of Choosing A Skilled, Experienced Surgeon

Breast reconstruction after a mastectomy requires the skill and compassion of a board-certified plastic surgeon. The first step in deciding to undergo a breast reconstruction procedure includes making sure that your surgeon is a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Glasberg and his team are committed to providing you with the best possible results and look forward to scheduling your consultation and answering any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment, please call us at (212) 717-8550.

Beautiful woman with winter background

With the holidays quickly approaching and all the time you spend making sure that it goes well,   Dr. Scot Glasberg, board-certified plastic surgeon, wants you to take time to think of yourself and your needs. While it’s the busiest time of the year for most people, with long holiday vacations and time off from work, it is also one of the best times to have a surgical or non-surgical plastic surgery procedure. The extended vacation time, especially during the cooler winter weather, will mean you will spend more time indoors, giving you time to focus on the healing you need during your recovery period. Another side benefit is that while you stay indoors you will avoid direct contact with the sun, avoiding the damage that UVA and UVB rays can cause to incision sites.

Some of the most common plastic surgery procedures that Dr. Glasberg performs during the winter season include:

Dr. Scot Glasberg knows you want to look your best and now is the perfect time to get ready for the upcoming spring and summer seasons. He knows that the first step in deciding to undergo a cosmetic surgery procedure includes making sure that your surgeon is a board-certified plastic surgeon. Dr. Glasberg and his team are committed to providing you with the best possible results and look forward to scheduling your consultation and answer any questions you may have. To schedule an appointment, please call us at (212) 717-8550.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Pink Ribbon

Dr. Scot Glasberg wants to remind all women that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which gives us an opportunity to recognize the importance of detecting breast cancer early. It is an annual campaign that is intended to educate men and women about early screening, testing and more. 

Other than some forms of skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women. About 1 out of 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. It’s not as common in men but less than 1% of men have been diagnosed with breast cancer. 

Symptoms of breast cancer can vary but the most common symptoms can include:

If found early, most women can beat breast cancer. Screenings, such as a mammogram, ultrasound of the breast, or MRI can help detect breast cancer early – when it’s easier to treat. 

For those women who have had surgery as part of their treatment for breast cancer, some may choose to have reconstructive breast surgery to restore and rebuild the shape and look of their breasts. There are several different types of breast reconstruction procedures available yet the timing of the procedure will depend on a few factors, such as a physical examination by Dr. Glasberg, the risk factors that may be involved, and the post-cancer surgery treatments you may still need to undergo.

There are many types of breast reconstruction procedures but two of the most common procedures available include either using breast implants, silicone or saline-based or using your body tissue, known as a tissue flap procedure. Sometimes a combination of a breast implant and a tissue flap procedure are used to reconstruct your breast.

For women who have had a more conservative breast cancer surgery, such as a lumpectomy or partial mastectomy, procedures such as fat grafting or a smaller breast implant may be performed to reconstruct the breast.

In addition to your breast reconstruction, Dr. Glasberg can add a nipple, change the shape and size of the breast that is being reconstructed, and adjust the shape of your opposite breast to match the symmetry of your reconstructed breast. 

While these options are available to you post-cancer surgery, please use this Breast Cancer Awareness Month to schedule your mammogram and a follow-up breast examination so that if it is cancer, your outcome will be a positive one.

For more information about breast reconstruction, please contact our office.

What you should know about breast implants

Breast augmentation is the most popular kind of plastic surgery procedure across the United States. Many women want to change the size, shape or appearance of their breasts in order to enhance their look, improve the fit of clothes or boost their confidence whether on the beach or in more intimate situations. Every year, around 280,000 women choose to have plastic surgery for breast enlargement, making use of silicone or saline implants. This is not to mention the approximately 106,000 breast cancer patients who have reconstructive plastic surgery after mastectomy every year; in many cases, these women also opt for breast implants.

This means that in the past 20 years, the popularity of breast augmentation has more than doubled. It may seem that having your ideal body is more achievable than ever and safer than in the past, due to advances in medical technology. If you’re thinking about breast implants, there are some facts that you can keep in mind to help you make a decision and choose the right doctor and solution for you.

Why do you want breast implants?

Every woman is unique, with individual motivations behind her desire for larger breasts. There are a number of reasons why women consider breast implants, including:

Studies have shown that women who opt for breast augmentation surgery typically feel higher self-esteem, more body confidence, and greater libido after the procedure because they feel better about the appearance of their bodies.

When considering breast implant surgery, it makes sense to think about what you want to get out of the procedure and to have some achievable goals in mind. Breast implants cannot totally reshape the body, but a skilled plastic surgeon can help you to achieve a beautiful, natural appearance that can boost your comfort in your own skin.

What are the types of breast implants?

There are two major types of breast implants that women choose when opting for breast augmentation: saline implants and silicone gel-filled implants.

Saline implants are filled with a sterile saline solution, similar to salt water. This solution is contained within a silicone shell. Each implant is filled with different amounts of saline solution in order to produce differences in size, feel and shape. Saline implants first became popular in the 1990s after concerns about early silicone implants leaking into the body and causing health problems. Unlike silicone, if the saline solution leaks into the body, it will be naturally absorbed and expelled with no ill effects.

Silicone gel-filled implants are a modern silicone option approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2006. They are filled with silicone gel. In 1962, silicone implants were first introduced and they became very popular by the 1980s. In 1992, after reports of health concerns and lawsuits against the manufacturers of leaking breast implants, these earlier silicone options were taken off the market. Today’s silicone implants were approved in 2006 and have become widely used in the ensuing 13 years.

Why choose one type of implant over another?

Women have great options for breast augmentation, but there are a number of reasons why they might prefer one type of implant over another. All current research indicates that there is no significant difference in the safety of saline and silicone gel implants for women’s long-term health. Still, women seeking breast augmentation can consider their choices.

Risk of Rupture

Ruptured implants are a possibility with any type of breast implants. In some cases, women’s implants can rupture during a fall, severe accident or another type of strong pressure on the breast. However, what happens after a rupture can vary based on whether you’ve chosen silicone or saline implants. It is usually obvious if a saline implant ruptures; the breast will change size and shape as the fluid leaks. Since saline implants contain essentially sterile saltwater, this will be harmlessly expelled by the body in the ensuing days.

On the other hand, it is more difficult to spot a ruptured silicone gel-filled implant. In addition, the human body cannot absorb silicone, so the leaked material stays inside the body and can spread outside the breast, including the lymph nodes. Studies have not found an increased risk of disease associated with ruptured silicone implants, but you should probably have the ruptured implant and loose silicone removed in this case.

In addition, the FDA recommends that women with silicone gel implants get an MRI

three years after surgery and every two years after to detect the possibility of rupture. You may wish to investigate whether these scans will be covered by your insurance.

Look and Feel

With all the extra testing, why do women choose silicone implants? Aside from the fact that their safety is supported by clinical research, the look and feel are often considered superior to saline. The heft of silicone gel implants and their unique texture allows them to feel, move and look more like your natural breasts. They can be almost undetectable in the hands of a skilled surgeon.

The Choice is Yours

People have many different aesthetic preferences, and breast augmentation can help them achieve their goals for their appearance and body. There is one thing to keep in mind: choosing a board-certified plastic surgeon for the look you want to achieve. While other types of doctors may offer cosmetic breast procedures, only board-certified plastic surgeons have gone through a plastic surgery residency and are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery that they have gone through extensive training, detailed education and demanding examinations.

Dr. Scot Glasberg is an experienced board-certified NYC plastic surgeon who has successfully performed breast augmentations for thousands of satisfied patients. When you come in for a consultation with Dr. Glasberg, he can recommend specific surgical options or implant sizes based on the outcome that you want to achieve, based on your unique desires, medical history and vision for the outcome.

If you’re thinking about whether breast implants, call Dr. Glasberg’s office at 212-717-8550 or use our simple online form to set up an initial consultation at our Manhattan location.

After a mastectomy, an operation to remove breast tissue to treat or prevent breast cancer, the breast can be reconstructed through various measures. While there are multiple options for breast reconstruction following a mastectomy, one of the best options is breast reconstruction using your own tissues. As with any type of surgery, as a patient, you should take the time to thoroughly research and understand both the benefits and risks of breast-reconstruction surgery and carefully consider and discuss all options with your physician.

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Autologous Reconstruction

Autologous-tissue reconstructions usually referred to as tissue-flap procedures, are methods used to reconstruct the breast after cancer surgery using tissue from the patient’s own body. These types of procedures use tissue from other areas of the body, like your back, stomach, thighs or buttocks, to reconstruct and reshape your breast.

Tissue-flap procedures will typically appear more natural and act like your own natural breast tissue than will saline- or silicone-based breast implants. For example, implants have the potential to shrink or enlarge as you lose or gain weight. Breast implants will need to be replaced if the implant should ruptures, which can happen if you are in some sort of accident or even from routine exercise. This, of course, is not a concern with natural tissue-flap type surgeries.

Tissue-flap surgeries result in two surgical procedures and scars, the donor site where the tissue is removed from and the site of the reconstructed breast. These scars will fade over time, but do not completely disappear without some further cosmetic procedures. Some women experience donor-site issues that can include muscle damage and weakness, including abdominal hernias.

Because tissue-flap procedures require transplanted tissue to have healthy blood vessels for optional blood flow, this procedure may not be the best choice for patients who smoke, have vascular diseases or poor circulation from vascular disease, uncontrolled diabetes or connective-tissue diseases. Types of tissue-flap procedures include:

TRAM Flap

TRAM-flap surgery utilizes tissue and muscle taken from both the transverse and rectus abdominis muscles. Skin, adipose tissue, or fat, and blood vessels along with one abdominal muscle are transplanted from the abdomen to the bust. While the TRAM-flap procedure can result in a tummy tuck that will tighten the lower abdomen, this surgery can also increase the risk of a hernia as it will weaken the stomach muscles. TRAM-flap procedures are not always possible in women who have had abdominal tissue removed previously or are very thin. There are two basic types of TRAM flaps:

DIEP Flap

The deep inferior epigastric perforator flap procedure does not require the use of muscle to rebuild the breast. Instead, this procedure requires the uses of skin and adipose tissue from the same donor-site area as the TRAM-flap procedure. The DIEP procedure uses a free flap of tissue removed from the abdomen and transplanted to the chest. As with the Free-TRAM procedure, microsurgery is used to reconnect the blood supply. Because no muscle is removed there tends to be much less risk of bulging or herniation. A related procedure, known as superficial inferior epigastric artery, or SIEA-flap, procedure uses essentially the same tissues as the DIEP-flap procedures, but with different blood-supply vessels.

Latissimus Dorsi Flap

The latissimus dorsi flap uses a section of skin, muscle, adipose tissue and blood vessels taken from your upper back and routes it under the skin to the chest. While this procedure is sometimes used with breast implants to create a more natural-looking breast, it can also be used without an implant. Through rare, some women may develop a weakness in their arms, shoulder or back following this procedure.

GAP Flap

The gluteal free-flap procedure, known as GAP, uses tissue taken from the buttocks and transplanted into the chest. This option is better for women who are unable or don’t want to use the abdominal-donor sites due to things like previous abdominal procedures or stomach-muscle thinness.

TUG Flap

The transverse upper gracilis, or TUG, flap procedure is a newer method that offers another option to women who aren’t able or willing to use either DIEP or TRAM procedures. A strip of tissue is taken starting at one of the inner thigh muscles and ending at the bottom fold of the buttocks. This procedure is best for women with small- to medium-size breasts and whose inner thighs touch each other.

Fat Grafting

Fat transfer breast augmentation, or fat grafting, is a technique that harvests fat cells via liposuction from donor sites in the abdomen, buttocks or thighs. The fat cells are transplanted by injections to reshape the reconstructed breast. Fat grafting has been used safely and effectively on cancer patients who have undergone mastectomy procedures.

Breast reduction surgery can be an important procedure for many women with large breasts who experience pain and discomfort as part of daily life. From difficulties with exercise and back pain to a desire for a different appearance and overall silhouette, breast reduction surgery in NYC can help women to achieve their goals for their breast shape and size. This effective, safe procedure includes the removal of fat, tissue and skin in order to decrease the overall size, weight and volume of the breasts.

As with any plastic surgery procedure, breast reduction surgery cost can be a major factor for many patients planning their procedure. There are a number of pricing claims that are presented by different facilities. When you set up a consultation with Dr. Glasberg for NYC breast reduction surgery, we can go over the total costs for breast reduction and present to you a complete price estimate for the surgery. If you’re considering breast reduction and want to find out more about making your goals a reality, please contact our office today to set up a consultation with Dr. Glasberg.

Breast Reduction Cost and Your Procedure

In order to achieve your goals for breast reduction surgery, the procedure will be customized for your individual body shape and desired outcomes. During the consultation, Dr. Glasberg can learn about your personal desires for the surgery and recommend the best type of procedure to meet your needs and achieve natural and beautiful results. The right procedure for you depends on the size and shape of your breasts as well as the amount of reduction that you wish to achieve.

There are several methods for breast reduction, including traditional incision breast reduction, vertical incision breast reduction and scarless reduction, which involves the liposuction of excess tissue. The outcomes of each of these procedures are dependent on the amount of reduction that you seek. Dr. Glasberg will determine the most appropriate procedure for your body and goals.

The cost of your procedure will vary depending on the type of procedure selected and its complexity. Because the consultation will provide Dr. Glasberg with an opportunity to thoroughly review your case, medical history and desired outcomes, he can present you with a complete estimate for costs based on the procedure that can achieve the outcomes that you desire for breast reduction.

The procedure itself takes approximately two hours and is conducted in Dr. Glasberg’s accredited surgical facility. You will receive detailed recovery advice and instructions and can expect to return to work and daily activities after five days to one week following your breast reduction surgery.

Determining Your Individual Breast Reduction Cost

Because there are several types of procedures and the cost of the procedure is influenced by the complexity of the case, it is important to have a full medical consultation in order to provide an accurate cost assessment for NYC breast reduction surgery with Dr. Glasberg. There are some advertisements available that list procedure costs; however, these one-size-fits-all estimates do not take into account the specifics of your individual case and generally cover only one part of the total cost of breast reduction surgery, including anesthetic, post-operative care and surgical center costs.

All of Dr. Glasberg’s surgeries are performed at his private and fully accredited surgical center in order to eliminate expensive hospitalization fees. When you receive your cost estimate for breast reduction surgery, the final price will include all relevant costs so that you are fully aware of the total costs of your procedure. This personalized estimate will be calculated based on the specific procedure Dr. Glasberg selects for your case in order to achieve the results that you desire from your breast reduction procedure.

Insurance and Financing

In many cases, plastic surgery procedures are not covered by health insurance, because they are considered to be cosmetic surgeries. However, some breast reduction procedures can be covered by health insurance, depending on your reason for pursuing the procedure. If you are experiencing back, neck or shoulder pain or other medical consequences as a result of large breasts, it may be possible to receive coverage for breast reduction surgery from your health insurance provider. If you are seeking breast reduction for medical reasons, please bring your relevant information in order to pursue insurance eligibility for the procedure.

Another option that some patients may pursue to make breast reductions surgery costs more manageable is CareCredit financing. This form of credit-based lending is available only for medical care and allows patients to complete payments for their procedure in a structured, organized fashion.

Schedule Your Breast Reduction Consultation

To learn more about the costs of your breast reduction procedure, schedule a consultation with Manhattan breast reduction specialist Dr. Glasberg. He provides daily private consultations and performs breast reduction surgeries at his New York City office for patients who come to see him from across the United States and around the world. Please phone our office to schedule a consultation with Dr. Glasberg and receive a full breast reduction surgery cost estimate.

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